Rising gravel and mountain bike phenom Moriah Wilson shot and killed in Austin, TX

May 16, 2022

The cycling world has lost another bright light.

Moriah Wilson, also known as “Mo”, was in Austin, TX on Wednesday, May 11th preparing for the Gravel Locos race (a 150+ mile gravel race) on Saturday, May 14th in which she was favored to win.

On Wednesday evening, a 911 call was placed from a home in East Austin. According to the report from the Austin Police Department, “when police and investigators arrived on scene, they discovered a 25 year-old female suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. Despite life-saving measures performed by EMS and police officers, the victim died from her injuries.”

Investigators announced on Saturday they have identified a person of interest and do not believe the homicide was a random act. No further information has been made available.

Moriah was a star on the rise in the gravel racing scene: In April alone, she took the win at the Sea Otter Fuego 80km mountain bike race—the first race in the Life Time Grand Prix Series—and also won the 136-mile Belgian Waffle Ride (BWR). Those race wins put her in the lead in both the Life Time Grand Prix and the BWR Quadruple Crown of Gravel series.

She was a former Specialized employee and recently left her job to focus on her professional racing career. Her sporting career began as a skier in Vermont. She skied for Dartmouth College before shifting her focus to cycling.

Click here to read the full news article (courtesy of Bicycling Magazine.)

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